PLANTING A ROW OF BOXWOODS

September 26, 2019

When you’re in a fixer upper and evvverything needs to be done, it feels really hard to me to devote money to landscaping. I knew the landscaping I wanted for our house was a row of well trimmed, rounded boxwoods. I love boxwoods! And I love using the trimmings for wreaths!

BUT, it was hard to give dollars to the idea. I guess I think interior stuff feels more seen and meaningful to my daily life. Since we are in maybe moving in near-ish future mentality, we’ve decided to think of anything we would definitely have to do to get the house ready to sell and do it now so we can enjoy it in the mean time.

So like I said, landscaping eats up your cash. The dirt, mulch, sheeting, and boxwoods for this exterior fix up we did was like $500. Which to me is a kind of un-exciting thing to spend house money on.

I WILL SAY, however, that the $250 of that for boxwoods did feel worth it. Because they made such a difference and I did have a “should have done this sooner” verdict. It makes our whole front of the house look so much nicer and softer. For the impact, the $250 seems small.

PROCESS

  1. Space out the plants in their containers to plan the design. We placed ours with 21 inches between the edges of the containers and 25 inches from the front of the house.
  2. With the plant in place, use a garden trowel to clear out any mulch and dirt around the plant container, creating a circle that’s 5 – 6 inches wider than the container. This will act as a guide when you start the digging. Remove the plant container from the circle.
  3. Use a round point shovel to dig a hole that’s as deep as the plant container is tall and 5 – 6 inches wider than the container.
  4. Remove plant from the container by squeezing around the sides of the container to loosen the root ball. Then overturn the plant while securing the base of the trunk.
  5. Place the plant in the hole, with the top layer of potted dirt at or slightly above ground level.
  6. Fill in the hole with a mixture of top soil and the soil you removed from digging (half and half). Make a small mound of soil near the base of the trunk, but don’t cover the trunk. A layer of mulch extending 12 inches around the foliage of the boxwood is helpful to retain moisture and guard against the cold in winter, but make sure you don’t cover the trunk with the mulch.
  7. Water the boxwood after it is planted, continuing to water 2-3 times per week until it’s established.

We got our plants at a little local nursery place. They were in a three gallon tub and cost about $25 each, I think.

Boxwoods can be planted in the late spring or fall. I did the slightest little trimming to get the really spiked parts, but otherwise wanted to leave them alone so they could establish well before winter. REPLANTING IS TRAUMATIC I guess. My ideal look would be very shaped and rounded, but we probably wouldn’t be able to establish that before moving, so for this house I think I will do a more natural look.

I also like boxwoods because our beds are full shade and they will still do well there. Also evergreen! And nice all winter.

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THINKING ABOUT AUTUMN OF 2019

September 23, 2019

This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture BECAUSE I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so I share one that often. There are some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “into it!,” “good at target,” and “I am not tech-y, but.”

home and office: okay, this is stupid but I just got so tired of never feeling like we have enough pens. And also that they are all mismatched and weird ugly things from like, medical places so I just ordered a big box of these nice plain ones and it’s kind of surprising how tidy and happy it makes me feel. A VERY GRATIFYING $7. Now there’s plenty of pens and i threw all the other ones away.

a follow: ALL THE AWARDS to this kitchen by @katiesaro.

books on books on books: to use the old adage, i couldn’t put this biography down.

“i’m a cool mom”: using this 100 easy lessons for teaching reading. have any others had success with it? or something else?

renovation nation!: such a cute shelf diy idea.

into it!: making this side for the meal plan next week.

babies, always: I’ve loved doing this $5 devotional book with our kids!

merch: I’ve tried, and I’m honestly like, HOW DO I JUST GET ANTHROPOLOGIE TO SEND ME A CATALOG of their home stuff and these pictures.

thrift stars: please send me a vintage standing mirror like this if you find one!!

enneagram, i guess: i am low key dabbling in enneagram. I am a 3 wing 4. David is a 9.

amazon prime: cute, classic kid hats for a birthday party.

pretty utilitarian things!: this summer i purchased all matching beach towels for our family in this pretty stylish stripe. A four pack is only $44.

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GREEK CHICKEN & LENTILS

September 16, 2019

I love Greek flavors! I like my Greek essentials – lemon, feta, peppers, onions, and some crisp cucumbers. It makes such a good dinner for the rotation. Some people find lentils intimidating, but they are easy to make. A good dose of lemon and some cucumbers are important to keep them feeling light and zesty.

This dish is perfect for meal prep! Make this serving size and you have enough for lunches for the week, plus a bit extra too.

And cooking this meal goes super fast!

Greek Chicken and Lentils
Serves six

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 cups lentils
2 bell peppers, sliced
2 onions, sliced
12 ounce bottle BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon Dressing, divided
1 cucumber, diced
1 cup feta crumbles

Marinate chicken in BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing overnight, reserving ¼ cup dressing.

Rinse lentils with warm water in a colander. Places lentils and six cups hot water into a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Place peppers and onions onto skewers. Grill peppers, onions, and chicken breast.

Strain any excess water from lentils. Toss lentils in reserved ¼ cup Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing. Serve lentils with chicken, peppers, onions, cucumber, and feta.

GREEK CHICKEN & LENTILS
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 12 ounce bottle BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon Dressing, divided
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 1 cup feta crumbles
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken in BRIANNAS Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing overnight, reserving ¼ cup dressing.
  2. Rinse lentils with warm water in a colander. Places lentils and six cups hot water into a pot and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Place peppers and onions onto skewers. Grill peppers, onions, and chicken breast.
  4. Strain any excess water from lentils. Toss lentils in reserved ¼ cup Lively Lemon Tarragon dressing. Serve lentils with chicken, peppers, onions, cucumber, and feta.

 

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